John 12:42-43: “Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” “Many” “rulers” among the Jews “believed in” Jesus as the Christ, but “did not confess Him,” though Jesus made it clear about confession. “Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God” (Luke 12:8-9 NKJV). Faith only, without confession, receives “the praise of men,” but not the “praise of God.” It’s pitiful to see people whose faith does not obey.
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“Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God who comes into the world.”
Mary answered the Lord Jesus in this way after he asked if she believed that he was the resurrection and the life. It demonstrates great understanding of Jesus’ identity and mission. John records her confession as a beautiful example of people coming to faith.
How does Jesus’ “coming into the world” (his incarnation) fit into the gospel story? Is it a part of the gospel? What about those who say that only Christ’s death, burial, resurrection are the basic facts of the gospel?
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“He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?'”
This question of the Lord brought out Peter’s greater confession of Christ.
Why is it important for us to answer this question today?
#Christ #confession #VOTD
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Here are the topics that you will find:
- Jesus, Our Saviour (Cody Westbrook)
- Hear Sam (Willcut)
- Believe (Mike Vestal)
- Repent (Mike Bonner)
- Confession of Faith (Jerrod “Boogie” Doss)
- Baptism (Robert Jefferies)
- Living a Faithful, Growing, Godly Life (Rob L. Whitacre)
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The Bible says, “with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” That is two things, not one. The first is made with the heart and the second is made with the mouth. Where does that leave the “faith only” folks? It leaves them begging. The next verse continues, “for the scriptures says, whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” In other words, believing involves more than one’s mental or heart choice, it also involves confessing. Confession is part of “believe and you will be saved.” But not only that, a verse or two later, we learn “calling on the Lord” is also involved. Thus, faith involves more than just “faith alone”; it involves actions that must follow is salvation is to be realized. This is Just-A-Minute.
The apostle Paul wrote, “with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”. Was Paul right or are “faith only” folks right? They can’t be both right! How so? The “faith onlys” say that one is saved at the moment you believe; that is before one has confessed his faith. But the apostle says confession is still “unto” or “towards” salvation. Furthermore, a few verses later, Paul mentions, “they have not all obeyed the gospel.” In another place he said that God will punish those “who do not know God, and those who do not obey the gospel”. Where does this leave the “faith onlys”? It leaves them wanting! If God is going to punish those who obey not the gospel, then I choose to “confess unto salvation” and “repent and be baptized for the remission of sins”. It may not be the most popular, but it is the most sure. This is Just-A-Minute.
Many people who plan to be saved at the eleventh hour, die at 10:30. It is true, there are many who plan to sin until time to die then cry softly and with feeling, “Lord, Lord, save me!” But if you read Matt. 7:21, you will find the Lord saying, “Not everyone that sayeth unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Do you know where to find the will of God? In the Word of God! How long has it been since you read the New Testament? How long has it been since you read it to take a spiritual inventory, to see if what you have done and are doing to please God is in the Bible? This is Just-a-Minute